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Curriculum Overview

Motcombe Primary School offers a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, social and physical development of pupils at the school and of society and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.  

Motcombe Topic Based Curriculum

For all non-core curriculum subjects we have a progression of knowledge and skills to be covered in each year group and 'Knowledge Organisers' for each term - see below:



Summer Term - Topic Knowledge Organisers


At Motcombe, we foster a culture of positivity towards mathematics. Our approach allows pupils to learn in practical and visual ways, in order to access concepts in the abstract sense. We ensure that pupils are fluent with their skills, can reason mathematically and apply their skills to a range of problems in a range of contexts.



We aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing.  Pupils will be given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced approach to the teaching of English across the curriculum, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught literacy skills.


By the time the children leave our school we aim for every child to be able to:


  • Read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, orchestrating a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct.
  • Have an interest in books and read for enjoyment.
  • Have an interest in words, their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
  • Understand a range of text types and genres – be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation.
  • Be developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness. 
  • Have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.


At Motcombe we are currently working with our local English Hub School (Cornerstone Academy Trust).   The English Hub schools take a leading role in supporting schools to improve the teaching of early language, reading for pleasure and phonics.


All staff at Motcombe have recently received training in 'Sound Discovery' - a high quality synthetic phonics literacy programme for the teaching of reading, spelling and writing.   


We received training from Dr Marlynne Grant.  Dr Grant is a chartered educational psychologist and a member of the Reading Reform Foundation. She is also the author of the high quality phonics programme - Sound Discovery.



Science is an integral part of all of our lives, with links to many other subjects, including maths and computing. At Motcombe children are encouraged to investigate, solve problems and ask questions about a wide range of aspects of the world around them and to explore aspects of biology, chemistry and physics in the most practical and engaging ways possible.


Educational visits regularly have a science theme as their basis. Children are lucky that the school is situated near to a range of different environments which they can explore. In addition children have had the opportunity to experience pond dipping. The extensive school grounds offer the chance for investigations to be carried out, including the growing of plants.

Summer Term - Science Knowledge Organisers

Religious Education


Please see below the R.E. curriculum overview. Motcombe CEVA Primary follows a mixture of Understanding Christianity and Discovery R.E. as well as celebrating Church holidays like Christmas and Easter. 

Physical Education

The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives.

At Motcombe Primary School, we believe that physical education is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil’s physical development and well-being.  Our physical education curriculum is intended to provide for pupils’ increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations.  We endeavour to provide stimulating, enjoyable and appropriately challenging learning experiences for all of our pupils and it is intended that our children, irrespective of their ability, will enjoy success and be motivated to further develop their individual potential.

Through lesson time and extra-curricular activities, we support pupils in developing skilful use of the body, the ability to remember, repeat and refine actions and to perform them with increasing control, co-ordination, fluency and safety. We also support pupils in developing an increasing ability to select, link and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas.

 Learning opportunities outside the classroom are also actively encouraged through other subject areas, to maximise the use of our wonderful school grounds.

MfL - French



In MFL we introduce the children to French in a fun and active way through the medium of songs, games and whole class speaking and listening activities. We ensure progression from the oral/aural form to the written /read form of the language as we move through KS2 and we build on the children’s language learning skills.  We learn new topics as we continue through the key stage in order to prepare the children for language learning at Secondary School.